Life Jacket Rules

The rules governing the use of lifejackets on recreational vessels on all NSW navigable waters were strengthened from 1 November 2010.

Requirements for carrying and wearing lifejackets vary depending on the type of vessel being used. All recreational vessels must carry an appropriate lifejacket for each person on board. Lifejackets must be the correct size for the wearer and must be in good condition.

Requirements for wearing lifejackets are set in the Marine Safety Regulation 2016.

The most common situations when a lifejacket must be worn on a recreational or hire and drive vessel are:

Penalties apply for not carrying the required number of lifejackets and for not wearing a lifejacket when required.

For more information on the lifejacket laws, see our FAQs.

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